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Report: Lebanon may deport Daniel Sharon
Lebanese newspaper cites security sources as saying detained Israeli citizen cleared of any suspicion of espionage. Paper says that if authorities further withdraw suspicions linking him to murder investigation – Lebanon would likely prefer to have him deported

Israeli citizen Daniel Sharon, who was arrested last week in Beirut on criminal charges and suspected of espionage on behalf of Israel, may be deported by Lebanese authorities – said Lebanese newspaper Al

Akhbar.

 

According to the paper authorities in Beirut have cleared Sharon of espionage charges but have yet to determine his possible connection to the ongoing murder inquiry that originally led the police to him after a photocopy of his Israeli passport was found in the apartment of the murder victim.

 

Sharon entered Lebanon using his German passport and told the investigators he often visits the country as a tourist.

 

Lebanese legal experts have said that if cleared of both espionage and murder charges, Sharon would likely be deported by the Lebanese authorities.

 

Sharon has so far benefited greatly from being considered a German citizen in the eyes of the Beirut police and German officials have also been in contact with their Lebanese counterparts for information regarding his situation. The Germans also requested that Sharon be allowed a visit by one of their delegates in Lebanon.

 

The newspaper cited Lebanese security sources as saying that so far none of the evidence obtained indicates that Sharon was spying for Israel. Sharon told investigators that he arrived in Lebanon following social connections he made with several young Lebanese men, including officials within the Lebanese intelligence.

 

The newspaper cited Lebanese security sources as saying that so far none of the evidence obtained indicates that Sharon was spying for Israel. Sharon told investigators that he arrived in Lebanon following social connections he made with several young Lebanese men, including officials within the Lebanese intelligence.

 

Various sources have confirmed that a second man arrested in connection to the murder, a member of the Lebanese intelligence, was in a relationship with Sharon.

 

Though they have already determined that his actions were not security-oriented, Lebanese authorities have said they still need to investigate how Sharon entered the country and whether his contact within the Lebanese intelligence forces aided him in doing so illegally.

 

The newspaper also reported that the investigators had Sharon's blood tested for possible narcotics or

sedatives due to his aloof demeanor during his questioning and apparent lack of communication.

 

Sharon's investigation may take longer than usual however, as security forces in Lebanon are primarily caught up in the assassination of anti-Syrian MP Antoine Ghanem in Beirut last week.

 

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